Zachary Haines

Daily Point of Light # 3866 Nov 27, 2008

Zachary has been a volunteer for the Activity Department at Manatawny Manor for two years. The facility is a 133 bed Nursing Care Center. He provides visits to elderly residents that cannot or will not leave their rooms. He assists with transporting residents to activity programs. He helps to serve refreshments, takes the book cart to residents and assists them in making selections. He delivers the mail and will assist residents in opening and reading cards and letters when asked. He provides assistance in setting up large special events and then cleaning up when event is over.

Zach eases the need for socialization, kindness, politeness, caring and laughter. He provides companionship to elderly which in turn eases the guilt which can be felt by family members by the fact of their loved one having to be in a nursing care center.

The most important aspect of having Zach as a volunteer is proof that there are still youth today that have exceptional manners, respect of others, especially our elders, and a very kind heart. This is what residents see in Zach. They like to brag about him to family members. Our hope is that they all see Zach and maybe that brings back a special feeling of how they raised their own children so many years ago. Many of our residents do not have regular visits from their grandchildren or great grandchildren and we hope Zach helps to fill that void for them.

What you should be aware of is that Zach took it upon himself to research volunteer opportunities on his computer at a very young age. He knew he wanted to volunteer for the summer. He located our organization, called for an appointment to interview, and has been with us ever since. Zach has left an impression on each of our residents. The men in our facility look forward to seeing him. He has a comfort level in conversing with elderly and the ability to make them feel respected and appreciated.